Delays and RFEs for Forms I-765 and I-131

Yes, ongoing delays and RFEs ahead for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as well as Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.

As of September 2018, processing times at the National Benefits Center (NBC) for these forms were as follows:

  • For I-765 applications based on pending I-485 adjustment of status applications: anywhere from 4.5 to 6.5 months.
  • For all other I-765 applications for employment authorization: 5-7 months.
  • For I-131 applications:5 to 6.5 months.

For the first time, we are also seeing RFEs for I-765 and I-131 ancillary applications which were filed concurrently with an I-485 adjustment of status application.  These applications despite having extensive documentation relating to the I-485 filing are also getting a “second review”. There is no timeframe for completing these reviews, which is slowing down the entire I-765 and I-131 process.